A stunning second-half performance where they outscored Tipperary by 2-11 to 0-2 with the assistance of the strong wind in Carrig set Offaly on course for an opening win in the Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 on Sunday.
Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1
Second-half goals from Natalie McCabe and substitute Arlene Watkins broke Tipperary’s resistance while captain Elaine Dermody top scored with six points from centre-forward.
With the strong wind behind them in the first-half, Tipperary opened up an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead thanks to a free from Nicole Walsh and two from Amy Kennedy. Offaly responded with two well taken points from Tina Hannon but Tipperary restored their two point advantage with Caoimhe Kennedy finding the target.
Offaly hit back with frees from Elaine Dermody and Siobhan Flannery to level the scores but Tipperary spurned a chance to move clear when Nicole Walsh blasted a penalty wide.
Late in the half Tipperary moved clear with Cait Devane and Nicole Walsh hitting two points apiece although Jean Brady and Debbie Flynn both found the target leaving just two between the sides at the break with Tipperary 0-8 to 0-6 ahead.
However that lead disappeared soon after the restart as Offaly rattled off five points in the first five minutes, three from Elaine Dermody and one apiece for Siobhan Flannery and Jean Brady, to move three points in front.
Soon after they put clear daylight between the sides when a long ball from Aoife Kelly was deflected to the back of the net by the fingertips of Natalie McCabe. Three minutes later the game was put beyond Tipperary when Offaly substitute Arlene Watkins rattled home her side’s second goal with what was her first touch of the game.
The Birr player added two points in quick succesion to leave 12 points between the sides before Nicole Walsh slotted over Tipperary’s first point of the second-half.
Walsh added her fifth and Tipperary’s final point six minutes from time although they came close to finding the back of the net on three occasions but each time they were denied by fine saves from Eleanor Clendennen.
Offaly finished the game with three points, two from Elaine Dermody and one from Mary Wyer to round off a 2-17 to 0-10 win to give them a winning start to their league campaign. Next up for Offaly are Wexford on Sunday, March 9.
Scorers: Offaly: Elaine Dermody - 0-6 (0-5f); Arlene Watkins 1-2; Natalie McCabe 1-0; Tina Hannon 0-2; Jean Brady 0-2; Siobhan Flannery 0-2 (0-1f); Aoife Kelly 0-1; Debbie Flynn 0-1; Mary Wyer 0-1; Tipperary: Nicole Walsh 0-5f; Cait Devane 0-2; Amy Kennedy 0-2; Caoimhe Kennedy 0-1
Offaly: Eleanor Clendennen (Kinnitty); Fiona Stephens (Drumcullen); Kate Aherne (Shinrone); Marion Crean (Shinrone); Linda Sullivan (St Rynagh’s); Michaela Morkan (Shinrone); Ann Marie Guinan (Drumcullen); Sheila Sullivan (Birrr); Siobhan Flannery (St Rynagh’s); Aoife Kelly (Lusmagh); Elaine Dermody (Drumcullen); Jean Brady (St Sinchill’s); Debbie Flynn (Kilcormac/Killoughey) Natalie McCabe (Tullamore); Tina Hannon (Naomh Brid). Subs: Arlene Watkins (Birr) for Natalie Mccabe (40mins); Mary Wyer (Tullamore) for Debbie Flynn (46mins); Christine Cleary for Kate Aherne (50mins); Mairead Jennings (Birr) for Sheila Sullivan (Birr) (55mins)
Tipperary: Rita Bourke (Shannon Rovers); Ciannait Walsh (Eire Og Annacarty), Sabrina Larkin (Shannon Rovers), Teresa Ryan (Borris-Ileigh); Megan Ryan (St Cronan’s), Gemma Grace (Burgess/Duharra), Ereena Firday (Clonoulty/Rossmore); Nicole Walsh (Borris-Ileigh), Siobhan O’Neill (Eire Og Annacarty); Amy Kennedy (Burgess/Duharra), Cait Devane (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Sarah Friday (Clonoulty/Rossmore); Liz Power (Drom & Inch), Caoimhe kennedy (Lorrha), Aoife McLoughney (Clonoulty/Rossmore). Subs: Micheala Graham (Moycarkey/Borris) for Aoife McLoughney (HT), Alice Fogarty (Thurles Sarsfields) for Siobhan O’Neill (40mins), Aoife Ryan for Amy Kennedy (55mins)
Referee: Karl O’Brien